History UncannyValley / Literature

12th Oct '17 2:35:53 AM Eolewyn1010
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** Discworld/LordsAndLadies, notably during the Queen's confrontation with Magrat when her glamour starts to [[GlamourFailure fail]].
** Lady Myria Lejean, who is an Auditor in an artificial body created by the Auditors to look human. They don't understand human standards of beauty, but to make her appealing to Jeremy whom they need for their plans, their idea of making her the most beautiful woman alive is copying the features of what was considered the most beautiful painting of a woman in the world, then improved upon them by erasing imperfections, adjusting symmetry, that sort of thing. The result is something that Jeremy describes as beautiful, though a "monochromatic" sort of beauty; he first suspects her to be an undead. Even after he gets over it and falls for her, his servant [[TheIgor Igor]] finds Myria highly uncanny as she doesn't smell like an undead - in fact, she doesn't have a smell at all. Also, she "doesn't manage to walk right" as her feet sometimes need a moment to touch the floor after she does a step - because she isn't used to submitting to gravity.

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** Discworld/LordsAndLadies, ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', notably during the Queen's confrontation with Magrat when her glamour starts to [[GlamourFailure fail]].
** Lady Myria Lejean, Lejean from ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', who is an Auditor in an artificial body created by the Auditors to look human. They don't understand human standards of beauty, but to make her appealing to Jeremy whom they need for their plans, their idea of making her the most beautiful woman alive is copying the features of what was considered the most beautiful painting of a woman in the world, then improved upon them by erasing imperfections, adjusting symmetry, that sort of thing. The result is something that Jeremy describes as beautiful, though a "monochromatic" sort of beauty; he first suspects her to be an undead. Even after he gets over it and falls for her, his servant [[TheIgor Igor]] finds Myria highly uncanny as she doesn't smell like an undead - in fact, she doesn't have a smell at all. Also, she "doesn't manage to walk right" as her feet sometimes need a moment to touch the floor after she does a step - because she isn't used to submitting to gravity.
12th Oct '17 2:34:05 AM Eolewyn1010
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* The queen of TheFairFolk in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' is described as looking subtly wrong, because she's too perfect-looking to be human. It turns out her entire body is just an illusion of what she wants the viewer to see.

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The queen of TheFairFolk in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' is described as looking subtly wrong, because she's too perfect-looking to be human. It turns out her entire body is just an illusion of what she wants the viewer to see.



* Discworld/LordsAndLadies, notably during the Queen's confrontation with Magrat when her glamour starts to [[GlamourFailure fail]].

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* ** Discworld/LordsAndLadies, notably during the Queen's confrontation with Magrat when her glamour starts to [[GlamourFailure fail]].fail]].
** Lady Myria Lejean, who is an Auditor in an artificial body created by the Auditors to look human. They don't understand human standards of beauty, but to make her appealing to Jeremy whom they need for their plans, their idea of making her the most beautiful woman alive is copying the features of what was considered the most beautiful painting of a woman in the world, then improved upon them by erasing imperfections, adjusting symmetry, that sort of thing. The result is something that Jeremy describes as beautiful, though a "monochromatic" sort of beauty; he first suspects her to be an undead. Even after he gets over it and falls for her, his servant [[TheIgor Igor]] finds Myria highly uncanny as she doesn't smell like an undead - in fact, she doesn't have a smell at all. Also, she "doesn't manage to walk right" as her feet sometimes need a moment to touch the floor after she does a step - because she isn't used to submitting to gravity.
11th Oct '17 2:34:18 PM Eolewyn1010
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* ''LunarChronicles:'' Lunars can surround theirselves with a Glamour, making most people believe they are much more beautiful than their natural appearance is. However, while the Glamour sets the viewers usually into a state of silent admiration, some are fully aware of it and describe it as highly unsettling and even painful to look at such unnatural beauty.
** Besides, Cinder sometimes makes people uncomfortable due to being a cyborg; most of the time, she keeps it to herself, but if needs, she opens up her prostheses or brain implant to adjust wires or link herself to a machine which most people understandably find rather unsavory.
7th Sep '17 10:21:37 PM MadSkillz
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[HotWitch Melisandre]] is noted as being [[StatuesqueStunner stunningly beautiful]], but there is also something ''off'' about her even before her BloodMagic comes into the picture: a subtly wrong shade of red for her hair and eyes with a strangely unblemished, uniformly pale skin for her [[OlderThanSheLooks apparent age]] and her [[BlackAndWhiteMorality unrelentingly odd attitude]] that permeates everything she does and says, for starters. Most men are too afraid of her to give serious thought to sleeping with her, for all most are willing to discuss how attractive she is. There is always a spoken or unspoken "but" attached somewhere. The only one who does sleep with her is only doing so because it's part of a BloodMagic ritual.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[HotWitch Melisandre]] is noted as being [[StatuesqueStunner stunningly beautiful]], but there is also something ''off'' about her even before her BloodMagic comes into the picture: a subtly wrong shade of red for her hair and eyes with a strangely unblemished, uniformly pale skin for her [[OlderThanSheLooks apparent age]] and her [[BlackAndWhiteMorality unrelentingly odd attitude]] that permeates everything she does and says, for starters. Most men are too afraid of her to give serious thought to sleeping with her, for all most are willing to discuss how attractive she is. There is always a spoken or unspoken "but" attached somewhere. The only one who does sleep with her is only doing so because it's part of a BloodMagic ritual.
15th Aug '17 6:23:04 AM jormis29
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* Mostly averted in C.L. Moore's story "No Woman Born". When a noted dancer and actress has her brain transplanted into a robot body after an accident that nearly kills her, she is still able to convey the same sense of beauty, grace, and charisma as before, although she needed to practice moving and talking in her new body before presenting herself to the public. The scientists who worked on her new body decided to give her a blank metal face to avoid the almost-but-not-quite human effect and designed the body to be flexible enough to dance as gracefully she could before, and this is justified in that humans rely on auditory and kinesthetic cues such as voice, gait, and personal mannerisms for recognition, not just appearance. [[spoiler:Only at the story's very end, when she lets down her guard for a moment does her voice start sounding flat and robotic, instead of resembling her original body's voice.]]

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* Mostly averted in C.L. Moore's Creator/CLMoore's story "No Woman Born". When a noted dancer and actress has her brain transplanted into a robot body after an accident that nearly kills her, she is still able to convey the same sense of beauty, grace, and charisma as before, although she needed to practice moving and talking in her new body before presenting herself to the public. The scientists who worked on her new body decided to give her a blank metal face to avoid the almost-but-not-quite human effect and designed the body to be flexible enough to dance as gracefully she could before, and this is justified in that humans rely on auditory and kinesthetic cues such as voice, gait, and personal mannerisms for recognition, not just appearance. [[spoiler:Only at the story's very end, when she lets down her guard for a moment does her voice start sounding flat and robotic, instead of resembling her original body's voice.]]
21st May '17 9:22:51 PM PaulA
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* Why is [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_x_qKvKkFBXE/TLKJ_SDgvcI/AAAAAAAAAAU/SynNxbZafnU/S380/Turnabout.jpg this]] cover for the Haddix book Turnabout so creepy, you may ask? If you didn't notice (some won't), half of the face is young when the other is old, effectively creeping us all out.

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* Why is [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_x_qKvKkFBXE/TLKJ_SDgvcI/AAAAAAAAAAU/SynNxbZafnU/S380/Turnabout.jpg this]] cover for the Haddix Creator/MargaretPetersonHaddix book Turnabout ''Turnabout'' so creepy, you may ask? If you didn't notice (some won't), half of the face is young when the other is old, effectively creeping us all out.
16th May '17 6:54:51 PM nombretomado
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** The Pretties from the books series ''{{Uglies}}''; they're literally perfect with symmetrical faces and all, and they all look very nearly the same. Then there's the specials who add a whole new level of creepy with their "cold beauty".

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** The Pretties from the books series ''{{Uglies}}''; ''Literature/{{Uglies}}''; they're literally perfect with symmetrical faces and all, and they all look very nearly the same. Then there's the specials who add a whole new level of creepy with their "cold beauty".
1st Jan '17 5:32:17 AM Euodiachloris
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[HotWitch Melisandre]] is noted as [[StatuesqueStunner stunningly beautiful]], but there is also something ''off'' about her even before her BloodMagic comes into the picture: a subtly wrong shade of red for her hair and eyes and an strangely unblemished, uniformly pale skin, for starters. Most men are too afraid of her to give serious thought to sleeping with her, for all most are willing to discuss how attractive she is. There is always a spoken or unspoken "but" attached somewhere. The only one who does sleep with her is only doing so because it's part of a BloodMagic ritual.
** Seems to be a common trait among priests and priestesses of R'hlorr -- of a certain level, that is. Of the ones we meet, only the cheerfully boisterous [[DirtyOldMonk Thoros of Myr]] escapes it. And, that may be because he's only just recently started taking his job seriously, so he probably has yet to fully acquire it, or his very stereotypically seedy human side is just too much for it to shine through. By contrast, [[ScaryBlackMan Moqorro]] and [[TurbulentPriest Benerro]] do not have to work hard to give hardened fighters and politicians the uncanny collywobbles from the other side of the ship or from across the street, for instance.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[HotWitch Melisandre]] is noted as being [[StatuesqueStunner stunningly beautiful]], but there is also something ''off'' about her even before her BloodMagic comes into the picture: a subtly wrong shade of red for her hair and eyes and an with a strangely unblemished, uniformly pale skin, skin for her [[OlderThanSheLooks apparent age]] and her [[BlackAndWhiteMorality unrelentingly odd attitude]] that permeates everything she does and says, for starters. Most men are too afraid of her to give serious thought to sleeping with her, for all most are willing to discuss how attractive she is. There is always a spoken or unspoken "but" attached somewhere. The only one who does sleep with her is only doing so because it's part of a BloodMagic ritual.
** Seems to be a common trait among priests and priestesses of R'hlorr -- of a certain level, that is. Of the ones we meet, only the cheerfully boisterous [[DirtyOldMonk Thoros of Myr]] escapes it. And, that may be because he's only just recently started taking his job seriously, seriously after a years-long CrisisOfFaith, so he probably has yet to fully acquire it, it. Well, that or his very stereotypically seedy human side is just a bit too much for it to shine through. through even with him being capable of jaw-dropping miracles, as yet. By contrast, [[ScaryBlackMan Moqorro]] and [[TurbulentPriest Benerro]] do not have to work hard to give hardened fighters and politicians the uncanny collywobbles from the other side of the ship or from across the street, street even before breaking out the burning people alive thing, for instance.
15th Dec '16 12:43:57 AM Euodiachloris
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[HotWitch Melisandre]] is noted as stunningly beautiful, but there is also something ''off'' about her. Most men are too afraid of her to give serious thought of sleeping with her, for all most are willing to discuss how attractive she is. There is always a spoken or unspoken "but" attached somewhere, however. The only one who does sleep with her is only doing so because it's part of a BloodMagic ritual.
** Seems to be a common trait among priests and priestesses of R'hlorr -- of a certain level, that is. Of the ones we meet, only the cheerfully boisterous [[DirtyOldMonk Thoros of Myr]] escapes it. And, that may be because he's only just recently started taking his job seriously, so he probably has yet to fully acquire it, or his very stereotypically seedy human side is just too much for it to shine through. By contrast, Moqorro and Benerro do not have to work hard to give hardened fighters and politicians the uncanny collywobbles from the other side of the ship or from across the street, for instance.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[HotWitch Melisandre]] is noted as [[StatuesqueStunner stunningly beautiful, beautiful]], but there is also something ''off'' about her. her even before her BloodMagic comes into the picture: a subtly wrong shade of red for her hair and eyes and an strangely unblemished, uniformly pale skin, for starters. Most men are too afraid of her to give serious thought of to sleeping with her, for all most are willing to discuss how attractive she is. There is always a spoken or unspoken "but" attached somewhere, however.somewhere. The only one who does sleep with her is only doing so because it's part of a BloodMagic ritual.
** Seems to be a common trait among priests and priestesses of R'hlorr -- of a certain level, that is. Of the ones we meet, only the cheerfully boisterous [[DirtyOldMonk Thoros of Myr]] escapes it. And, that may be because he's only just recently started taking his job seriously, so he probably has yet to fully acquire it, or his very stereotypically seedy human side is just too much for it to shine through. By contrast, Moqorro [[ScaryBlackMan Moqorro]] and Benerro [[TurbulentPriest Benerro]] do not have to work hard to give hardened fighters and politicians the uncanny collywobbles from the other side of the ship or from across the street, for instance.
15th Dec '16 12:34:21 AM Euodiachloris
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** Seems to be a common trait among priests and priestesses of R'hlorr -- of a certain level, that is. Of the ones we meet, only the cheerfully boisterous Thoros of Myr escapes it. And, that may be because he's only just recently started taking his job seriously, so he probably has yet to fully acquire it. By contrast, Moqorro and Benerro do not have to work hard to give hardened fighters the uncanny collywobbles from the other side of the ship or from across the street, for instance.

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** Seems to be a common trait among priests and priestesses of R'hlorr -- of a certain level, that is. Of the ones we meet, only the cheerfully boisterous [[DirtyOldMonk Thoros of Myr Myr]] escapes it. And, that may be because he's only just recently started taking his job seriously, so he probably has yet to fully acquire it. it, or his very stereotypically seedy human side is just too much for it to shine through. By contrast, Moqorro and Benerro do not have to work hard to give hardened fighters and politicians the uncanny collywobbles from the other side of the ship or from across the street, for instance.
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